High Jewelry Made a Big Impact at Paris Couture Week

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Haute couture is one-of-a-kind creations crafted from the finest materials by skilled artisans using century-old techniques. Haute couture had humble beginnings. In 1858, an English couturier, Charles Frederick Worth, established the first haute couture house in Paris championing exclusive luxury fashion for the upper-class woman and coining the term “fashion designer” in lieu of the basic dressmaker. Today, haute couture is still synonymous with high-quality materials and workmanship. And when haute couture meets haute joaillerie (high jewelry), the result is transformative! The jewelry becomes an extension of the designer’s vision for his or her collection creating a complete story – one that is truly a work of art!

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GIAMBATTISTA VALLI AND ELEUTERI:

Giambattista Valli accessorized his haute couture collection, comprising of ethereal tulle gowns, draped silk chiffon dresses and embellished minis with exquisite vintage jewels from Eleuteri. The jewels focused mainly on bracelets featuring a glorious 1950s French amethyst and turquoise piece as well as a intricate jade and gold design from David Webb and several Tubogas wristwatches from Bulgari.

PICTURE Credit FROM VOGUE.COM

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GUO PEI AND CHOPARD:

The Chinese designer made a name for herself when she dressed singer Rihanna in yellow couture for the MET’s “China through the Looking Glass” gala and red carpet. For her haute couture collection, she collaborated with Chopard paying homage to the golden era of haute couture and Hollywood icons of the 50s. The results were a perfect fusion of Chinese and Western cultures, high fashion and exquisite jewels.

The deep jewel toned hues of Pei’s dresses paired effortlessly with Chopard’s the Silk Road collection, which featured an emerald bib necklace, diamond and pearl drop earrings and an amethyst pendant necklace. The Chopard jewels complemented the opulence and extravagance of Pei’s couture collection perfectly.

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Flower jewelry collection

Hey guys, I am running around hither and thither trying to plan for and arrange my 2 week Learn-a-cation. In the meanwhile here are some pictures of bridal flower jewelry that I made in July and August so far

Hey guys, I am running around hither and thither trying to plan for and arrange my 2 week Learn-a-cation. In the meanwhile here are some pictures of bridal flower jewelry that I made in July and August so far. Please excuse me for any delay in replying to your comments, messages or emails for the next 2 weeks. Any and all fresh orders, reorders will be taken up only in the second week of September.

Green and gold ribbon rose bridal set
Bridal set for a prewedding event made with ribbon roses in 2 shades of green and acrylic gold beads. Set includes – a short necklace, a long raanihaar, earrings, bracelets (hath phool) and a half matha patti (forehead ornament)

Green and gold ribbon rose bridal set

Red rose and pearl set
This set is slightly different take on my most requested red rose set, with curly roses instead of bud roses with pearl beads. It was made for a Godh Bharai function (a North Indian traditional baby shower which means filling up the mother’s lap with Abundance)
Set includes – a short bib necklace, a long necklace, earrings, bracelets (hath phool), armlets, anklets, a waistband and a maang tikka (forehead ornament). You can see the beautiful mother to be wearing it here.

Red rose and pearl set

 

Red rose anklets


Red rose waistband

 

Bridal Party favours
An old client wanted some fun yet traditional bridal favours made and I made 22 of these ribbon rose matha pattis for her. They have ribbon roses in two tints of yellow strung together with white pearl beads

yellow rose matha patti
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Gem Gossip Visits Jogani in Beverly Hills, CA

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Anup Jogani started his namesake business in the heart of Beverly Hills because of a love, passion and thrill for hunting out gemstones and jewelry. Just ten years ago, he felt he wanted to start something new and learn about a business that continually fascinated him–it was the gemstones that got him hooked. Speaking with and learning from gemstone cutters, transforming a gemstone like a Spinel, for example, from an average stone to something spectacular just by recutting it is his most favorite thing to do! Visiting Jogani on a sunny LA day had me excited with anticipation. I knew I wanted to see the citrine snake ring I had noticed on their Instagram page, as well as their heart-dropping cat’s eye gemstone bib necklace that is 160+ years old. How special is this necklace?! Well considering that it is composed of 50 chatoyant cabochon stones adorned with diamonds, how large and magnificent it is, as well as the condition that it is in–it totally deserves to be in a museum, but low and behold, Jogani has it in his showroom.

What else can you find in this fun showroom? Lots of scotch. And the crew will make you take a shot of scotch, even though I’ve never heard anyone shoot scotch, but SIP scotch, yes. Needless to say, choking ensued. I wasn’t about to ruin my date with the chatoyant necklace or the amazing diamonds I got to handle. Like the pair of triangle diamonds, cut in such a unique way they looked like slivers of real ice. Diamonds are another favorite of Anup and he has big plans for his own creations which defy odds and are very gemstone-centric. I got to see one for myself (and it is actually photographed in one of the pictures above, but nothing has been released quite yet) but that will be our little secret. His approach to designing is focused on moving away from what we see everyday and not just going outside the box, but like ten miles outside the box. Anup says, “The emphasis on uniformity and the preference for hyper-engineered cuts designed to maximize brilliance rather than hunting for special stones that bring soul and romance to the jewelry is so frustrating to me.” And we couldn’t agree more! Don’t you want a gemstone that takes your breath away because it just does, or do you want to say it does because it has a perfect cut, perfect polish, perfect symmetry? I know when I chose my engagement ring, I feel in love with the way it sparkled, even though some people would say it has a poor color since it is very low on the D-Z color grading scale. All I know is that I love my diamonds and I get so many compliments on them!

Jogani also offers some pretty incredible antique pieces that run the gamut on style, time period and price points. Some of Anup’s favorites? JAR, Bhagat, Suzanne Belperron, vintage Cartier, and vintage Mauboussin. We can all agree, he has superb taste. I got to see and experience first-hand a special Mauboussin bracelet within his collection–a rare Art Deco piece set with diamonds, emeralds and onyx. I also got to experience and learn to appreciate rare red spinel, especially Anup’s prized possession: an 8.79 carat oval-cut spinel that he helped transform by getting recut; or his 10.07 carat pear cut Burmese unheated ruby, worth millions!

Thanks for having me into your private showroom, located in Beverly Hills, CA! If you’d like to make an appointment with Jogani feel free to reach out through email at [email protected]

Also, special thanks to Haseeb for taking the photo of me wearing the necklace and the gemstones on my hand–Haseeb is responsible for all the photography and social media at Jogani and does an incredible job!

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Add Some Drama to Your Neck from Fellows Auction!

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but winter is coming! Things like gloves, long-sleeves, coats and sweaters can sometimes prevent a girl from wearing rings and bracelets, so let’s focus on the positive here–dress up those necks! Not wanting to disappoint, we have some BOLD and DRAMATIC statement necklaces going up at auction soon, just in time for the colder months of November and December. Fellows Auction has these 12 necklaces in this month’s Antique & Modern Jewellery sale on October 15th, and I couldn’t be more excited about them. The bib and festoon styles will have you throwing out your scarves and shopping for appropriate necklines to show off each style.

<< Thursday, October 15th Antique & Modern Jewellery sale at Fellows Auction >>

Let me introduce you to these fine necklaces:

Lot 5: Turquoise and pearls go together in the prettiest way possible, and only the Victorians realized this! This late 19th century necklace features an articulated panel of the blue and white gems and measures nearly 16 inches in length. A striking necklace in a soft palette. Best part? Comes with a fitted box.

Lot 18: Talk about adding drama to your neck–this aquamarine and amethyst fringe necklace makes a bold statement! Designed with a graduating style of gems and dangles, this necklace is begging to be worn on a neck.

Lot 29: Another fun fringe necklace, this time done in amethyst and topaz. I love the volume of dangles this piece has–makes it highly dramatic and bold. It must be noted that this necklace measures approximately 14 3/4 inches, so for a petite neck.

Lot 33: This necklace is ready for a wine tour in the vineyards of Napa Valley! Done in 9k yellow gold and seed pearls clustered in the most reminiscent way possible of a grape vine, this piece is quite unique. It measures 18 inches in length and has hallmarks which date it to 1971.

Lot 41: If you want a good helping of amethysts, this lot is for you! Not only does it come with this incredible cross necklace, which features an amethyst cross dangling from an amethyst line necklace, but it also has a pair of matching post earrings and a bar brooch too!

Lot 202: A classic necklace that can easily become your signature look, this piece is done in 18k yellow gold, onyx and diamonds. Measuring at a little over 26 inches, the length is long and great for it to pose as the main centerpiece to an outfit. Totaling about three carats in diamonds–so good!!

Lot 205: Rose cut diamonds, trefoil motifs and amethysts–a start to a great necklace design. This piece is very interesting because the diamonds are set in silver, the chain is a replacement and is modern, and the amethyst are set in yellow gold, so it is quite a mystery as to when this all came together and exactly the chain of events. Either way, this necklace is quite a stunning piece of jewelry!

Lot 222: A mid-19th century exquisite peridot necklace–with a surprise! It comes with its original fitted box, along with matching earring, and brooch! The large central design of the necklace is detachable, what else would you expect from a Victorian designer, and is completely articulated. Such a great find!

Lot 233: Another multi-gemstone necklace is this garnet one, set with all octagonal cut garnets of varying saturations, with five dangling from the center. Such a brilliantly simple design with a grand impact. I would love to see how amazing it looks when worn.

Lot 554: A stunningly cool aquamarine necklace–the pear-shape aquamarine collet is set within a stylized star cannetille surround, with similarly designed tapered surmount which suspends from a fancy openwork scrolling link chain. The detail-work in this piece will have you staring. The aquamarine itself is quite big, measuring 20.8 x 10.9 mm. Comes with a fitted box.

Lot 571: Flowing lines of rose cut and Old Mine cut diamonds create the design of this necklace. It is set off by a large pearl which hangs at the bottom, and I love the trefoil motifs done in diamonds throughout the top. It hangs from a white gold fine-link chain.

Lot 586: Bullet-shaped swags are what get me with this festoon necklace! I love the design and the materials used–garnets, pearls and gold! The necklace measures nearly 15 inches in length and drapes wonderfully when worn.

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Paprika – paper jewelry collection

In continuation from my last post on Paprika – a line of one of a kind spicy paper jewelry, here is the second post on short and long necklaces from the line.To Recap What is Paprika?

In continuation from my last post on Paprika – a line of one of a kind spicy paper jewelry, here is the second post on short and long necklaces from the line.


To Recap What is Paprika?
A collection of necklace – earring sets in gorgeous color combinations with unique textured paper focals, that will make you wonder – is this really paper?
I went a very “Indian route” as I was experimenting with the technique and didnt know if it will work. I am glad it did.
Inspired by paprika a very popular chilli like spice, This collection intends to add a dose of fun to your wardrobe. Indian Contemporary designs like you have never seen before.
A little Sugar, Spice and everything that is nice, Just for you!!

Paprika – Necklace & Earrings Sets

Solar flare necklace – textured double sided paper pendant with a stone focal that’s strung with colored glass pearls and beads.It was hard to believe that such a traditional Indian looking necklace along with the Fret necklace below was snapped up by a couple of Korean expats as I was setting up my table at a local craft fair.

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Here is the blingy blue version of the same necklace customised for a client – The photograph unfortunately doesnt show how shiny the piece is!

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Fret necklace – Textured silver, green and purple square paper and foil pendant with green and blue glass and ceramic beads inspired by the Greek Fret symbol. Comes with Green, blue and purple earrings

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Cinnamon – As this is a “spicy line” the original idea was to be inspired by different spices. But I did only a couple before I moved on because an eclectic collection such as this one called for various inspirational sources. This necklace contains a Cinnamon inspired paper foil pendant with altered green glass bead drop wire wrapped onto a necklace of copper wire coils and hot pink rubbery beads. Imagine this necklace on a black dress or a pale green saree – Yum!!

rubber wire paper necklace


Foiled Leaf – Pink, beige and gold glass bead necklace with a textured silver, peach and gold leaf shaped paper and foil pendant inspired by “Bay Leaves”

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Flower Power necklace – knotted glass necklace with a textured pink-orange flower shaped paper and foil pendant. The center is embellished by rows of rhinestone – pearl stone chains and pearls

floral paper necklace


Neon Spice – Textured double sided paper pendant with a pearl chain border and green glass stone drop knotted together with green and hot pink rubbery beads.

neon paper necklace



Rajputani necklace – meenakari inspired paper and resin focal with a necklace of enamelled components, jasper and glass beads. Comes with earrings

meenakari paper necklace


Twin leaf necklace – For sale
textured double paper pendant with twin embossed foil leaves strung together with ceramic, glass and wooden beads in myrid shades of purple, green and silver.


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My precious necklace – for Sale
Pink, copper and gold glass bead necklace with a double layered textured silver and gold layered paper and foil pendant with a pink glass stone focal. Comes with crystal earrings

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Thus we come the end of Paprika SS15 line. This was a very intriguing and experimental technique requiring very simple supplies yet lots of time and patience. Each necklace took about atleast 3-4 days!! But considering that it has been well received and it has more scope for innovation, I think I might revisit it again soon. What do you think about that?
I hope you found it interesting
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Paprika Bib necklaces

Paper has been used as a jewelry making material for many many years before it eventually became mainstream. The most common techniques used in popular paper jewelry are Quilling, origami, paper machie and structural stacking.

Paper has been used as a jewelry making material for many many years before it eventually became mainstream. The most common techniques used in popular paper jewelry are Quilling, origami, paper machie and structural stacking. I thought what if I dont a technique that doesnt mimic any of these styles but remain truly unique. During my research for the collection, I came across many ways of layering paper, using inks, foil, glue and resin and decide to combine all of them to create a line – Paprika.
Inspired by paprika a very popular chilli like spice, this collection intends to add a dose of fun to your wardrobe. Here are the first few designs, the bib necklaces of Paprika and I hope that you’ll like them.
 
Paprika – Spicy Paper jewelry


Crystal feather necklace – Green- textured double sided paper bib necklace with a layered filigree and dichroic cab focal. The necklace is made by knotting together double shaded acrylic beads and a wire wrapped crystal feather completes this statement necklace. The bib is double sided with a striped paper pattern at the back



This is a variation of the same design – Crystal feather necklace, customised in pink, purple and Gold for my cousin


Technicolor dreams – Inspired by the bright technicolor film making technology of the past, here is a statement bib necklace with a textured foil pendant with a frosted colored glass finish ably supported by stone focals and chain
 
 
Empyrean necklace – for sale – textured double sided paper bib necklace shaped like a fish. Garnet colored beads are wrapped to the chain followed by a hand painted toggle clasp. I had originally made it for the BNB challenge and it came to be apart of this collection

 

 
Masquerade – for sale – Inspired by the bright masquerade masks, here is a statement bib necklace with a shiny foil pendant with a shiny colored glass finish ably supported by metal and rhinestone connectors and double shaded beads


How do you like these pieces? You would seen the statement earrings from this collection here and here. I Will post the rest of the designs – necklaces from this line in the following post; where I will share a little more about the ‘why’ and ‘how’ of this line.

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Help Nepal

All of you must have read or heard about the series of earthquakes that have hit Nepal in the last month and the horrific after effects of it. It breaks my heart to see such a picturesque country being destroyed and peoples lives devastated and I want to do something to help.

All of you must have read or heard about the series of earthquakes that have hit Nepal in the last month and the horrific after effects of it. It breaks my heart to see such a picturesque country being destroyed and peoples lives devastated and I want to do something to help. I almost went to a donate page and pressed give, when I realised that as one individual there is only so much I can give but with the help of all of you, my dearest readers and friends I can do so much more.

I have decided to Fund raise for Nepal by selling my “Xian” collection of leather jewelry where 70% of the price will be donated to help Victims through CareIndia or Goonj Foundation. You can also donate directly through these organisations if you do not wish to purchase anything from me.

What do you get?
A beautiful piece of handmade jewelry for as low as $12 to $32 and satisfaction of helping people by doing a good deed. I will price the pieces as low as possible to encourage more buying. You can opt to pay more; In that case the extra will also be donated!
To order please send a mail to [email protected](dot)com.

What do I get?
Remaining 30% will go towards my material charges and I get some satisfaction of helping people and a place I so enjoyed visiting

This collection of hand painted leather bib necklaces are inspired by the Chinese word for Lines – Xian. The color combinations, line patterns and motifs are oriental lending richness to these one of a kind pieces. Both sides of the Bib are quoted with Resin making them water resistant, glossy and durable. However please please keep away from water, cosmetics and heat for a long life.
Please find images of all pieces, along with their description and price in this facebook album here

Buy to Help Nepal



Here are the fine points.
– 70% of the price of the necklace will be donated; however I will not be able to give you a Tax exemption certificate as this is individual fund raising programme.
– Shipping will have to be borne by the buyer in actuals
– I’ll accept both Paypal (US dollars; $1 = Rs.60) as well as NEFT. Paypal fees (extra) will have to be borne by the buyer
– For this fund raising programme, I am not affiliated to any governmental/non governmental/private or public institution. I am just one person trying to help
– I plan to raise at least Rs.5000 to help out atleast one family in distress
– The details of how much was raised and donated will be posted in this blog and in social media

Looking forward for your support
Cheers

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Xian Leather necklaces- Part 2

In continuation of my Post on “Xian” – a line of Hand painted Leather bib necklaces, I would like to show you the remaining four pieces. These were hand painted with acrylic paint and markers and have been sealed with resin (making them glossy in the process) for ease of handling.

In continuation of my Post on “Xian” – a line of Hand painted Leather bib necklaces, I would like to show you the remaining four pieces. These were hand painted with acrylic paint and markers and have been sealed with resin (making them glossy in the process) for ease of handling. Provided they are kept away from heat, humidity and water they’ll have a long life. I am reopening my etsy shop – Sayuri after almost 6 months with this collection; Do take a look.

Yellow Sun Necklace – youthful and vibrant necklace in red and gold with a violet accent inspired by the Chinese lore of ten suns who were brothers. Necklace created with Vegetable Tanned leather (VT), acrylic paint, and glass beads.

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hand painted leather necklace

Blue moon
Crescent moon shaped leather bib necklace in blue, green and gold Created with Vegetable Tanned leather (VT), acrylic paint, chain, cord, beads and hand painted clasp. Its copper and black patterned on the back making the necklace double sided.

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hand painted leather necklace
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Xian – collection of hand painted Leather jewelry

Having a design background has both pros and cons – while pros are far greater that the cons, we sometimes tend to over complicate our work, our designs and thereby our lives. I had this realisation sometime last year when I was making a session plan for my leather jewelry lass – I had included nearly 6 sessions for flat leather jewelry.

Having a design background has both pros and cons – while pros are far greater that the cons, we sometimes tend to over complicate our work, our designs and thereby our lives. I had this realisation sometime last year when I was making a session plan for my leather jewelry lass – I had included nearly 6 sessions for flat leather jewelry. Apart from doing additive and subtractive processes (more on that later) we also did painted and embroidered pieces. This fired a spark in my head, making me want to create my own flat leather collection with hand painting. It was so simple that I hadnt thought of it before but brilliant – it was Duh! moment.
So I got some VT or Vegetable tanned leather, a set of acrylic paints and created a collection based on one of the most fundamental elements of design – Lines and called it Xian

Xian
“A Movement of dots or an object of breathless length, Lines often define and showcase our entire existence. Every product that we use is made of shapes and forms that are built with lines. Straight, curved, dashed, spiraled; horizontal, diagonally, lines shape the way we act, adapt and live.
This collection of hand painted leather bib necklaces are inspired by the Chinese word for Lines – Xian. The color combinations, line patterns and motifs are oriental lending richness to these one of a kind pieces.”

Here are the first three pieces – all based on the color RED:

Tropical Red- Necklace for sale – Crescent leather bib necklace in red, black and gold Created with Vegetable Tanned leather (VT), acrylic paint, wire and glass beads. Its copper and black patterned on the back making the necklace double sided. The copper chain has been patinated with LOS for a graduating patina effect (light to dark).

Tribal – Hand painted necklace for sale
Crescent leather bib necklace in red, green, mustard and gold created with Vegetable Tanned leather (VT), acrylic paint, wire and glass beads. The Chain has been patinated with LOS for a graduating patina effect.

 

Papilion – youthful and vibrant necklace in red and black with gold filigree butterflies. Created with Vegetable Tanned leather (VT), acrylic paint, and glass beads. Butterflies in represent love, life and journeys in Chinese culture.

All pieces are for sale. The pieces have be sealed for ease of handling but keep away from heat, humidity and water for a long life. Prices start at Rs.800. To avail individual pricing and order please send a mail to [email protected](dot)com.Will post part 2 of this collection soon

I hope you find it interesting
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